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    September 15, 2012
    6:00 - 6:30pm PDT  

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>> brennan: tonight, a look inside. charlie d'agata is the first journalist to report from the safe house that failed to protect american dip romats when they came under deadly attacks in benghazi, libya. >> do you have any regrets about producing the film? >> brennan: in southern california, authorities question but do not arrest the mystery man linked to the film that has inflamed parts of the muslim world. lee cowan tracks the investigation. today, california starts collecting sales taxes for every online purchase. ben tracy walks us through amazon's one million square foot response. and the royal family is not amused. seth doane has the latest on the photographs that have palace insiders seeing red. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> brennan: good evening. i'm margaret brennan.
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the pace of anti-american protests eased a bit today. u.s. marines arrived in yemen to bolster security at the american embassy. but another contingent was refused entry to sudan. the state department says tonight, it's ordering all non-essential personnel to leave both sudan and tunisia, these developments four days after the violent on theus consulate in libya that killed the u.s. ambassador and three members of his team. tonight we are getting our first look at the safe house that came under fire. charlie d'agata and a cbs news crew reached the building today. here's their report. >> reporter: the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi was just the beginning of a terrifying night for the americans inside. libyan officials told us their forces helped evacuate 32 americans out of the consulate as attacks are torched and stormed the compound. i libyan commander told us a convoy of 22 vehicles, two of them armored, raced from the
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u.s. consulate down this road to a safe house a mile and a half away. but the safe house they fled to, which was supposed to be in a secret location, had become a target. so this is where they were attacking from. just as the u.s. extraction team of commandos arrived to take the americans to the airport, the house came under heavy fire. it was intense, deadly, and accurate. everywhere you look on this rooftop there's evidence of what must have been a ferocious fight. there's damage from automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades and even mortars. the precise mortar strikes on the house suggest those who launched them knew exactly where to aim. clearly, americans fighting back from this rooftop were hit. our escort, lib and commander abdu salam, gathered two blood-stained american flak jackets and a helmet to hand over to u.s. investigators for evidence. libyan officials say it's clear from the second assault on the safe house that those behind the
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attack were determined that no americans made it out alive. we asked the deputy interior minister how the attackers knew the location of the safe house and said quite frankly there are spies everywhere. and i said even within his own security forces and he admitted that was a possibility but he added,a of a convoy of 22 investigation moving through benghazi that night at high speed would not have gone unnoticed. margaret. >> brennan: charlie d'agata, thank you. anti-american demonstrations took place in both sydney, australia, and paris today. but overall, the there was an evening of the muslim protests that at their height reached more than 20 countries. elizabeth palmer reports from cairo, it took more than just one offensive video to spark that violence. >> reporter: there's no doubt this is genuine fury. protesters of the u.s. embassy in tunis even tore down the stars and stripes to hoist the
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fundamentalist islamic flag. across the muslim world, anti-american anger fueled a destructive frenz theweek. and where there was no embassy, the mobs went for american symbols. in tripoli, lebanon, a kfc and a hardee's restaurant of torched and in tunis, a highly respected american school overrun and looted. but was it really a clumsy u.s.-made film that caused all this? in fact, says mohammed sabreem, editor of egypt's al ahram newspaper, the real roots lie much deeper. >> i think american foreign policy for a long, long time was doing a lot of harm. >> reporter: in egypt, for example, american long supported the widely despised president hosni mubarak, what was toppled by a popular uprising just last year. >> we speaking about a long history of mistrust expainger.
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you know, we'll find whatever the reason just to erupt. >> reporter: especially in poor muslim countries where millions face chronic injustice and corruption. in cairo this week, protesters didn't actually reach the embassy but they did invade the grounds before riot police drove them back with tear gas. it took egypt's president mohammad morsi three full days and some stern prodding from the white house to condemn the violence, but in the end, he did it. request the it is required by our religion to protect our guests," he said, "and their place of work." america's diplomatic role in the arab world may have been bruised this week but it certainly hasn't been broken. here in egypt, close cooperation with the newly elected democratic government will continue. and in fact, the american embassy here in cairo has just announced it is going to be open tomorrow for business as usual.
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margaret. >> brennan: thank you, liz palmer in cairo. whatever the role that offensive video played in provoking the violence, we got our first fleeting glimpse today of the man who has been linked to its creation. he was taken from his home near los angeles early this morning to be questioned by federal probation officers. as lee cowan reports, the man was neither arrested nor detained. >> reporter: it was after most of the media surrounding his home had left just after midnight when nakoula basseley nakoula made his break for a waiting squad car. >> anything to say about what's going on in the middle east? >> reporter: covered head to toe in heavy clothing, a towel around his face, authorities say he was headed to a meeting with federal probation officers, voluntarily. the disguise, they say, was his choice. >> nobody's arrested. nobody's detained. nobody's in custody. >> reporter: naciewla had been under the microscope ever since his name surfaced in connection with that youtube clip of the
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anti-islamic film. his attorney says the international media attention on his family is near the breaking point. >> you're keeping his young children prisoners in their own home because they're afraid to gh out so if you would disburse and let them do what nay of they need to do we would appreciate it. >> reporter: little is known about nakoula. he is a 55-year-old married father of 3 convicted of bank fraud in 2010. he used stolen credit cards and fake identities to steal nearly $800,000 from a half a dozen financial institutions. he was released from prison last year, but he was still under probation with some pretty strict rules, including being barred from accessing the internet on his own or with help, and using an alias. ask that's where his connection to the film could get him in legal trouble. if in fact nakoula did upload that movie trair to youtube, it
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could be a violation of his parole that send him back to prison. right now, law enforcement knows where he is. few others do. >> brennan: afghanistan was rocked by two deadly attacks today. two u.s. marines were killed in an assault on camp bastion in the south. the taliban claims it was targeting britain's prince harry who was stationed there. the prince was not hurt. 18 insurgents were killed. and in kabul, two british soldiers were killed, shot to death by a local afghan policeman. that brings to 47 the number of nato soldiers killed this year by insiders. still to come on tonight's cbs evening news, traumatized by the events of 9/11, an airline dispatcher battles for benefits.
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f.b.i. said today it made a terrorism arrest last night. according to the authorities, an 18-year-old was planning to set off a car bomb outside a downtown bar. the f.b.i. says it was led to the accused man after he posted material online about wanting to kill americans. agents had provided the teen with a fake bomb after they contacted him. the public was never in danger. americans paused this past week to mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. nearly 3,000 died. mark strassman reports now on the emotional toll the attacks are still taking on one man at the heart of that day's events. >> i still have, you know, nightmares about it. during the day i still think about it. >> reporter: on 9/11, michael winter was supervising 40 flight controllers for united airlines at its chicago operations center. you knew you were responsible for all those folks. >> yes. >> reporter: you were it? >> the safety and security of
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all those airplanes was my responsibility. >> reporter: you sent out a dispatch to all united planes. >> that said something to the effect,"please secure your cockpits. we have had a couple of airplanes hijacked." flight 93 was one of the flights not talking back to us in a normal way. at that point it appears it had already been taken over by the terrorists when message came up in the cockpit. >> reporter: 11 years later have you still processed it emotionally? >> no, i felt some sense of responsibility, you know, emotionally. you know, again, two of our airplanes didn't come home that day. that was our job. that is what we were supposed to do. >> reporter: winter, increasingly withdrawn and depressed quit united in 2003. a family business failed, he filed for bankruptcy, and moved to florida in 2007 for a fresh start. in 2010, he was watching this movie "united 93" and this scene triggered a reaction in him. >> and his message that went out popped on that screen and that's really the last thing i rememb remember. i remember hitting my knees. hitting the floor.
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and thinking-- >> reporter: three doctors diagnosed him with posttraumatic stress disorder. >> i thought i was having a heart attack. >> reporter: you're not diagnosed with p.t.s.d. until nine years after 9/11. and what kind of state of mind are you in today? >> i feel, you know, very isolated, just not comfortable in social situations. i'm not comfortable venturing out very often. it's just difficult to function on a reasonable human level. >> reporter: winter has been denied twice for medical benefits from the world trade center health fund since july 2011. a final rejection letter explained the fund was only for responders on site at specified locations related to the world trade center disaster or at the site of the crashes." winter, now jobless, needs therapy he can't afford in order to work again. >> i just want to be covered by the world trade center health
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plan so i can get the treatment that i need to continue on with life. >> reporter: winter knows he need therapy. he just can't afford it. his wife lost her job back in may. and in two months, his disability benefits will run out. mark strassman, cbs news, atlanta. >> brennan: next on the cbs evening news, a chinese puzzle solved.
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solved in china today. xi jinping, the man widely believed to be chine's next leader appeared in public for the first time in two weeks. in his absence there was speculation he was ill. in the east china sea, china's navy conducted a massive live
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drill. fighter aircraft and dozens of warships, submarine carried out training exercise. the muscular show of support is seen as response to japan's claim of ownership to some uninhabited islands china also claims. in several chinese cities thousands of protesters took to the streets. demonstrators targeted the japanese embassy in beijing as well as japanese cars and businesses as tensions between the two nations continues to grow. in japan, the island dispute isn't the only worry. leaders have decided to phase out nuclear power an months after the cass strosk nuclear accident at fukushima. lucy craft reports from tokyo. >> reporter: the news came after a cabinet meeting, drastically reversing its long-standing pro nuclear policy, tokyo has announced within 30 years the last nuclear reactor will be turned off for good.
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fossil fuels and alternative energies will replace nuclear power. the prime minister said we are at last standing at a brand new start line. months of angry street protests, and a looming general election forced the government's hand. "i use to think politics was someone else's problem" says this man. but now that i'm a father, i felt i had to do something. japan had never seen a social protest like this one. every week, across the country, japanese young and old from all walks of life are taking to the streets demanding to be heard. "i'm 75," says this retiree. "my generation is to blame for the accident. i feel deep remorse." but japan's radical energy strategy is under attack from all sides. the plan calls for restarting japan's 50 reactors and a gradual faze out of nuclear power some time in the 2030s.
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but nuclear foes want the reactors scrapped now. this young mother says, "i want the reactors eliminated before my daughter has children of her own." japanese business staunchly opposes a nuclear exit, fearing a surge in utility prices would force japanese companies to move offshore. the energy plan itself is vague on details and if the ruling democrat party loses big in the next election as expected, the zero nuclear plan might go out the door with it. lucy craft, cbs news, tokyo. >> brennan: we'll be back.
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>> brennan: attention california shoppers-- starting today, a new law requires online retailers to collect local and state sales taxes.
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as ben tracy tells us, the move to help california's bottom line is also changing the business plan for internet giant amazon.com. >> i got the books. >> reporter: b.j. gallagher has been on an online shopping spree. >> i've within buying stuff i never thought i would buy at amazon. i bought outdoor cushions, a barbecue cover. i couldn't believe i cowl buy a can of polyurethane on amazon. >> reporter: she also watt makeup, a space heater and a new yoga map. why are you buying so much stuff? >> they're going to start charging sales tax. just in the last couple of months, i'm sure i've saved a couple of hundred dollars in sales tax. >> reporter: but that tax break is now over. as of today, amazon is now collecting california sales tax, adding seven to nearly 10% to the cost of each order. for more than a decade, amazon fought collecting sales tax in state where it had no physical operations, but now eight
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states, some with amazon warehouses have, made the retailer ta tack on the tax. in cash-strapped california sales tax on amazon orders is expected to bring in $83 million in the next year. with the tax fight over, amazon billion giant new distribution centers in california like this one outside of los angeles. it's one million square feet and will allow the company to get items to customers quicker and cheaper. the company is building near big cities so it can eventually attempt to offer same-day shipping. that could be another blow to brick and mortar business like larry moon's computer store in pasadena, california. for now, he's relieved amazon's tax advantage is anyone. do you think you're going to see more customers? >> absolute. if they're in our store anyway looking at stuff the savings won't be there. >> reporter: b.j. gallagher is sticking with online shopping because it saves her time. >> i'm grateful i haven't had to
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pay sales tax, but, you know, my city's broke. my state is broke. my country's broke. a little sales tax from me, i'm perfectly willing to pay it. look at that "no tax." >> reporter: but her tax-free buying binge is now over. ben tracy, cbs news, los angeles. >> brennan: coming up next on tonight's cbs evening news, william, catherine are, and the controversial photos.
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wife catherine, the duchess of cambridge, continued their southeast asia tour, commemorating the queen's 60 years on the throne. today's visit included a look at one of the world's biggest rainforests, but as seth doane reports, the couple is also wrestling with the unwanted publication of some sensitive photographs. >> reporter: the duke and duchess of cambridge stayed on scheduled today, touring virgin
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rainforest on the malaysian island of borneo. in public, the couple appeared at ease and engaged on their jaunt through the jungle. privately, though, the duois said to be discussing how to manage the fallout from the release of topless photos of kate. published in a french magazine yesterday, those photos show a topless kate sunbathing poole side while vacationing at a secluded french chateau. owned by a nephew of queen elizabeth, the chateau is surrounded by 640 acres of woodland and laffen deerfields. the palace is suing the magazine saying the couple had, "every expectation of privacy in the remote house." the statement added,ings the incident is reminiscent of the worst excesses of the press and paparazzi during the life of diana, princess of wales." the pictures were snapped from a public road, more than a quarter of a mile away, according to the magazine's editor. she said the pictures simply showed a young couple in love.
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that young couple tried to stay focused on the agenda they had set today. the two strapped on harnesses and were hoisted to the jungle canopy to highlight the prince's long-standing passion for conservation. in one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth. the couple is now headed on to the pacific islands in some of the most remote reaches of her majesty's realms. we're told to expect some of the most brilliant images from this journey, but the question is what will everyone remember-- those pictures or the ones in that french magazine? seth doane, cbs news, australia. >> brennan: and that cbs evening news. i'm margaret brennan. cbs news in new york. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgthe loe
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